KNALIJ And The Conversation Launch Visualization Of Worldwide Refugee Populations Over Past Three Decades
LOS ANGELES, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — KNALIJ(TM) and The Conversation have launched a visualization application displaying the global refugee and asylum seeker populations from 1975-2010. Using UNHCR data compiled by the United Nations Refugee Agency, the Application was created to help provide fundamental insights into global refugee populations over time.
The Application is intended for both academic examination and as an accessible tool to inform the general public of the need for international action to safeguard the rights and well being of refugees, many of whom have been forced to leave their homes due to armed conflict or human rights abuses. It is accessible at https://theconversation.edu.au/infographic-global-refugee-populations-1975-2010-8443 and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License.
Inspired by the Australian Government’s appointed expert panel to recommend ways to break the political deadlock around asylum seekers, The Conversation and KNALIJ have developed a visually interactive tool to help inform this vital debate. In addition, The Conversation has formed its own panel of experts to advance the research; to analyze the hard evidence; and importantly, to recommend solutions.
“When asylum seekers die at sea it is time to reflect, but it is also time to evaluate evidence to come up with workable, sustainable and just solutions,” says Sharon Pickering, Professor of Criminology at Monash University and member of The Conversation Asylum Seeker Expert Panel.
KNALIJ’s Global Refugee Populations Application provides a canvas for Users to absorb the breadth of knowledge contained in the UNHCR statistical and operational data, uncover the underlying connections through its visualization tools, fostering ‘translational research’, as well as further innovation and discovery.
iWakari CEO, Alan Finkel, states, “Our objective is to use KNALIJ to access data repositories, visualize them and leverage the collective intelligence of researchers to bring that data to life.” Finkel adds, “The Refugee Populations visualization has quite a few fascinating revelations. The refugee population originating from Afghanistan, in particular, is quite alarming. Decades of turmoil are evident from the consistently large numbers of refugees that originate from this country.”
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About iWakari, LLC
Located in Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, iWakari is a web-based social media and technology development company. Its main product, KNALIJ (www.knalij.com/www.knalij.org), strives to bring clarity to information and inspiration through cutting-edge visualization tools and collaborative communities.
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